New limits on pain pills inflict new pain on seniors


New limits on pain pills inflict new pain on seniors

I agree with a recent Letter to the Editor from Dave Fasano. He called the politicians “astounding,” because they don’t think, only react.

I recently went for my normal three-month appointment for my check-up and to refill prescriptions that were running out. My doctor informed me that instead of 90 pills, he could only give me 30 pills at a time. Then he told me he would see me in two months. I ran out of my pills in one month and 10 days (I take one daily, as needed).

I called and got my appointment for May 25, and when I got there was informed my doctor was out of town until Tuesday of the following week. I took my last pain pill to go to him. I told them I’d see another doctor and was informed they were not allowed to prescribe my pain medication.

That means I was unable to even cut my grass, let alone anything else. I was mostly bed- ridden for the next week. If it got bad enough I was going to go to the black market to get what I needed. Depressing, isn’t it? Thank you our astounding politicians for possibly making me a criminal.

I’m sitting here thinking of the increase of overdoses since the new law went into effect. Isn’t it supposed to be decreased?

It makes me wonder if a lot of those people on just Social Security or fixed incomes represent some of the increase. If not, they will be. By the way, our astounding governor is pushing for every week, instead of every month to get a refill.

My cost per year before the new law: doctor $84 and medication $48. It has risen now to every month – doctor at $262; medication, $144.

Quite an increase for someone on a fixed income. What will they have to give up to get the medication they need (food)?

To all those astounding politicians: We have a right to a quality of life without pain. Fix this discriminatory law and make it right.

War babies vote.

Dennis H. Mason, Youngstown

Shrinkage at Ursuline, Mooney cause for concern

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure the impact lasts in your absence.”

While those words spoken by Sheryl Sandberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, should motivate anyone in today’s educational system, it seems to be lacking after viewing The Vindicator’s article on the graduating classes of our two Mahoning County Catholic high schools.

According to the news story, Ursuline High School graduated 109 students, while 95 students from Cardinal Mooney High School received diplomas last week. As a lifelong Valley Catholic, these are numbers I never thought I would have ever seen, which makes me second guess the leadership behind our Catholic schools. When I have questioned this time and time before, many people have tried to tell me it’s because of the big money alumni from both schools ; however, are we that ignorant to see the forest from the trees?

Do we honestly think that other Catholic high schools do not have big money alumni? They did, and over the years other dioceses have taken action providing leadership in the face of changing times. Others have told me it’s because of the athletic rivalry, so for the first time in a long time I attended the game this past year only to see more football players in uniforms than in marching band members.

In fact, CMHS, which used to boast a band to be proud of, doesn’t even offer one anymore, while Ursuline is small at best. Why are we allowing this to happen?

According to your article on Oct. 2, 2016, “despite a 68 percent enrollment drop in the last 10 years among Mahoning County Catholic schools, Diocese of Youngstown officials believe Catholic education still fills a need in the Mahoning Valley.”

That is true, but does a 68 percent drop constitute the same two high schools we’ve had in the past? No. Millions of dollars in renovations? No. It’s time to wake up because no one will change around this area simply because no one will lead.

Jean Burick, Youngstown

Trump’s $110B arms deal invites more Mideast war

It is with great discom- fort that I witness the press’s casual treatment of President Donald Trump’s foray into international relations. Lost in the socially-focused conversations and celebrity interactions is the essential motive for his recent round of meetings: a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

The renewable deal could extend to $350 billion over a 10-year period, allegedly directed to strengthening the U.S.-Saudi alliance against ISIS. The deal will equip Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf neighbors with fighter jets, tanks, combat ships and anti-missile defense systems.

The staggering armaments deal will also create defense-sector jobs in the U.S. and include unspecified private sector agreements and a joint vision statement with Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil producers.

The accelerated arming of the Middle East by superpowers with armaments produced by plants in the United States and Russia is the surest way to doom greater Persia and her neighbors to continued warfare and disintegration.

Jim Villani, Youngstown

Lackluster police response prompts move out of city

My husband and I are college-educated, hard working, taxpaying citizens of Youngstown. We married in 2011 and shortly after purchased our first home in a beautiful neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The neighborhood is near the park, was quiet and well maintained, with a community of mostly friendly neighbors. Yes, believe it or not, this seemed to exist within Youngstown city limits.

As the saying somewhat goes, all it takes is a bad apple or two to begin to spoil a bunch. Very recently, our little neighborhood was affected by such a “bad apple” in the form of a new occupant, assumed to be the home’s new owner. After only a week after move-in, the yard was full of debris/clutter/scrap, and there was a revolving door of cars in and out at all hours of the day and night, and most recently, late night arguing and yelling.

This is not how we have operated on our street and we wanted to make that clear, particularly in regard to the midnight fighting.

Let me make this clear: a bad neighbor is not why we’ve decided to move out of Youngstown. Bad neighbors exist everywhere; the grass is never truly greener. Our true disappointment and cause for concern lies in the response time of city police to four disturbance calls made in report of the incident. It took the YPD 72 minutes to come and assess the situation.

This is even after it was made clear that it seemed the altercation was becoming physical in the yard, and small children were heard screaming and crying. As citizens, taxpayers paying one of the highest rates in the state, and impending new parents, this is unacceptable.

The city received $920,961 as of February 2017 generated from speed cameras. A proposed new radio system for the police is going to cost $1.7 million over the next 10 years. And it is worth repeating that Youngstown applies one of the highest tax rates to its citizens. How about spending some of this money on additional police on the street?

Organizations like the YNDC have made a valiant effort to improve and preserve the beauty of the city’s neighborhoods. It is all for nothing, however, if the city cannot guarantee peace, safety, and security among its citizens.

Unfortunately, that has been made apparent to my family. And that, unfortunately, is why we’re moving out of Youngstown.

Melissa Melsul, Youngstown

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